ABU DHABI, 23th November, 2016 (WAM) — Mohammed Saif Al Suwaidi, Director General of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding ,MoU, to the tune of AED12 million with Hadidi Amer, Naama Province Section Chief at the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform in Algeria.

The MoU was signed in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Fund for Development’s Board of Directors, who was on an official state-visit to Algeria. Also present at the signing was Abdul Malik Salal, Prime Minister of Algeria.

The MoU stipulates that the UAE government grant is managed by ADFD to fully refurbish, renovate and restore 10 hospitals in the Algerian province of Naama. Moreover, the grant will ensure state-of-the-art medical equipment and upgrades to therapeutic systems for the hospitals.

Re-affirming ADFD’s commitment towards improvements in health care services, Al Suwaidi said, “At the Fund we aim to provide developments that in-turn greatly benefits the mass public. The health care sector in general is ever-so changing; new advancements and technologies are continuous. ADFD’s mission for renewed global partnerships is monumental in bringing about socio-economic developments not only for the health sector but for all key sectors.”

Addressing the close ties between the UAE and Algeria, he said, “Both nations have enjoyed historic ties dating back decades. These profound bilateral ties are possible due to the keenness of both governments to cultivate strategic partnerships.”

For his part, Amer praised the UAE’s developmental strategy and commended the close relations between the two sisterly countries. Moreover, he applauded ADFD’s resilience in nurturing partnerships regionally and globally.

ADFD’s activities in Algeria date back to 1993. In 2006, the Fund founded a multi-speciality hospital in the Naama Province.

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